There are times when you may want to copy a WordPress page or post.
For example, let’s say you post regular announcements on your site about different events or promotions with similar content. Instead of creating a new post for every new event or announcement, writing content, selecting the same categories, etc., you could just clone an existing post, make a few small changes to the content, publish, and you’re done!
If you run an e-commerce shop, most of your store pages will most likely have the same layout and similar information. For this reason, many modern WordPress e-commerce themes let you easily clone your site’s product pages …
(Many e-commerce themes allow you to easily copy store product pages)
An “out of the box” WordPress installation doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post …
(WordPress doesn’t provide a simple way to copy a page or post)
In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily copy WordPress pages and posts.
How To Easily Duplicate A Post Or Page On Your WordPress Site
The easiest way to copy a WordPress post or page without editing code is to use plugins.
WordPress makes available a number of plugins you can use to duplicate posts and pages. Many cloning plugins are free and some offer free versions with options to upgrade to paid versions, which give you access to additional features.
In WordPress, cloning is not just restricted to pages and posts. You can also duplicate custom post types, create web page templates for others, and even clone your entire web site.
Let’s take a look at how to use one of many great available WordPress page/post cloning plugins.
(Duplicate Post WordPress Plugin)
This plugin gives you the option to clone pages and posts, or edit posts/pages as a new draft. Clicking ‘Clone’ copies your page or post without opening it. Clicking ‘New Draft’ will copy your posts/pages and also open these in the 'Page/Post Edit’ screen for you.
The Duplicate Post plugin not only copies the page or post content, it also copies the post or page settings and fields.
For more details, go here}:
Installing The Plugin
You can install the plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard.
To install a page/post cloning plugin directly from your WordPress dashboard, do the following:
Log into your WordPress site, then go to the navigation menu and click on Plugins > Add New …
(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)
This brings you to the WordPress Plugins area …
In this section, you can search for, upload, and install plugins. Type in a search term into the ‘keyword’ field (e.g. “clone“, “clone post“, etc.) …
(WordPress Plugins screen – Search plugins feature)
Locate the plugin in the results panel and click the ‘Install Now’ button …
(Plugin installation button)
Next, activate your plugin …
(Install and activate your plugin)
Once your plugin has been activated, the next step is to configure plugin settings …
(Plugins screen – Duplicate Post plugin activated)
You can configure the plugin’s settings from the Plugins section by clicking on ‘Settings’ below the plugin name …
(Plugins screen: Duplicate Post – Settings)
You can also get to the plugin’s settings by going to the main menu section of your Dashboard and selecting Settings > Duplicate Post …
(Settings Menu > Duplicate Post)
Go through these options and configure your plugin settings, then click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …
(Duplicate Post Options screen)
For more details, go here}:
Now, when you go into your Posts or Pages screen, you should see the option to clone your page/post …
(Posts – Cloning links)
When you click the ‘Clone’ link, the post/page will be cloned, but it won’t be published. Instead, it will be saved as a draft. Clicking ‘New Draft’, and open it in the Post/Page editor …
(Easily clone your posts/pages)
Normally, when you clone a post or page, WordPress copies the page/post title and adds a “2” to the end of the page/post slug …
(Cloning affects the URL of your page/post)
Unless you intend to keep a similar slug, you should consider modifying the post’s title and your post URL.
If you need help editing pages/posts and understanding how permalinks work, see the “Related Articles And Tutorials section below.
Congratulations! Now you know how to easily clone WordPress pages and posts.
Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials
For a better understanding about using posts, refer to the tutorials and articles below:
- WordPress Pages & Posts
- How To Create A WP Post
- Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts
- The WordPress Inline Editor
- How To Configure WordPress Permalinks
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